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These Banana Cookies are soft and chewy and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting! They’re the most delicious way to use up those ripe bananas sitting on your counter!!

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Frosted banana cookies on a wooden board.

When you’ve got ripe bananas to use up, what’s your go-to recipe? Perhaps it’s banana bread? Frosted banana bars? Or my Banana Muffins

I love having overripe bananas and often purchase too many bananas on purpose so I end up with leftover to bake with!  These soft cookies are a fun and delicious treat my family simply LOVES as they’re packed with banana flavor and coated with a smooth cream cheese frosting!

Ingredients needed to make soft banana cookies on a white background.

Ingredients Needed (amounts in recipe card below)

If you’ve got ripe bananas and the typical pantry staples….ya know, flour, sugar, butter, etc., you probably have all the simple ingredients you need to make these.

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted butter will work great.
  • White Sugar and Brown Sugar – I like using a combination in this recipe. You get the sweetness from both and the brown sugar adds a little extra flavor and keeps the cookies soft.
  • Egg – This helps give the cookies it’s soft, cakey texture and holds the cookies together so they don’t end up crumbly.
  • Mashed Bananas – This recipe will use two large bananas or three small bananas.
  • Vanilla Extract – You’ll need this for the cookies and for the frosting.
  • Salt 
  • Baking Soda – This is the leavening agent in these cookies, so make sure it’s not expired!
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cream Cheese  This is the start of your frosting, and in my opinion, the most delicious part of these cookies!!  You can use full-fat or the 1/3 less fat cream cheese.
  • Powdered Sugar – aka confectioner’s sugar.
  • Chopped Nuts – These are optional, but they are a nice textural addition and bring more flavor to the cookies.
A banana cookie topped with walnut pieces on a wooden board.

How to make Soft Banana Cookies

Make the Cookies

Start by preheating the oven and lining your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), add the softened butter, sugar and brown sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.

Then, add the egg, mashed banana and vanilla.  Be sure to use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure the ingredients are all incorporated.

Then you’ll add the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.

Use a cookie scoop to transfer the dough onto the cookie sheet, making sure to give some space between each cookie so they can rise and expand. Using a cookie scoop will ensure that the cookies are all the same size and will therefore bake evenly.

Bake the cookies until they’re golden brown, let cool for a couple minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Make the Frosting

When the cookies are cool, it’s time to add the cream cheese frosting!!

Vanilla cream cheese frosting being stirred with a silver spoon in a clear glass mixing bowl.

Doing so is simple – you’ll start with the softened cream cheese then add the powdered sugar and vanilla.  Once it’s smooth, it’s ready to be spread onto the cookies!

Garnish the Cookies

These cookies are great as-is, but you can also top them if you’d like!  Adding a sprinkle of chopped pecans is delicious.  You could also press a dried banana chip into the center of each cookie!

A few banana cookies with chopped pecans on them on a wooden board with bananas in the background.

Can you Freeze Banana Cookies?

Absolutely! And actually, you can freeze them with or without the frosting on them. 

If you choose to frost them without the frosting, simply stack the cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag. You will want to place a sheet of waxed paper between the layers of cookies, though, so they don’t stick together.

A yellow banana and a black banana.

How to quickly ripen bananas

Want to make this banana cookie recipe or your favorite banana bread recipe, but your bananas just aren’t quite ripe enough yet? 

  • Preheat oven to 300F.
  • Place the banana(s) on a sheet pan (in case the juices leak out of them a bit).
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until soft and black like the banana on the right in the photo below.
  • Remove the bananas from the oven, peel and place the banana into a bowl to let cool. You will want to let these cool to room temperature so you don’t cook the eggs when mixing them into the batter.
A banana cookie with a bite taken out of it on a wooden board, in front of more cookies.

Banana Cookie Variations

  • Chocolate Chips – Banana chocolate chip cookies are always a great idea! Stir in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips into the batter before baking and a sprinkle a few on top of the frosting!
  • Peanut Butter – One of my favorite snacks is a banana with peanut butter spread on it. (Soooo good!) Create Peanut Butter Banana Cookies by adding ½ c chopped peanuts into the batter and spreading peanut butter frosting on top (in place of the cream cheese frosting). 
  • Brown Butter Banana Cookies – Brown the butter and let it cool completely before adding to the batter.  This will add lots of depth to the cookie and is a flavor that pairs well with banana!
  • Extra Nutty – When it comes to banana recipes, I love to load them with pecans or walnuts! The recipe calls for the (optional) nuts just on top, but you can also add 1 cup of chopped nuts into the batter before baking. It’ll add more nutty flavor and a nice crunch!
Two banana cookies that are frosted and topped with pecans stacked on top of each other on a wooden board.

Other Soft Cookies You’ll Love

Two frosted soft banana cookies on a wooden board.
5 from 4 votes

Banana Cookies

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
30 cookies
These Banana Cookies are soft and chewy and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting!

Equipment

  • Baking Sheets
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients
 

Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • chopped nuts optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
    1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Beat in the egg, bananas and vanilla until smooth.
    1 egg, 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas), 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Add the soda, salt and flour and mix until combined.
    1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 cups flour
  • Use a cookie scoop to form cookies on a parchment-lined (or greased) sheet pan, leaving at least 2 inches between cookies.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Let cool for 2-3 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar and vanilla then stir until smooth.
    4 ounces cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Spread the frosting over the cookies and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.
    chopped nuts

Notes

These cookies are great with or without the pecans on top!  If you choose to skip the pecans, try adding a dried banana chip, mini chocolate chips, or garnishing with colored sprinkles!

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.7g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 17.1mg | Sodium: 51.9mg | Potassium: 49.4mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 13.3g | Vitamin A: 43.8IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 9.5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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two banana cookies on a wooden board. One is sprinkled with walnuts.
A banana cookie with a bite out of it on a wooden board.

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8 Comments

  1. Jennifer Konovalski says:

    how much flour?

  2. Kathleen Haikes says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!

    1. Thanks Kathleen!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these! 🙂

  3. Garden Party says:

    5 stars
    These are the BOMB❣️🍌 Best banana cookies I’ve made/had. I added a handful of chopped walnuts and toffee chips to the batter as well. Also whipped up the frosting without butter for I like the tang of the cream cheese to shine thru. My Go To recipe here on out thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I was looking around the interwebs for something different to do with my ripe bananas…I was sick of overly moist banana bread and didn’t want to deal with muffins or anything like that either. These were PERFECT. I’m hoping the dough freezes well (I like to make a large batch of cookies and just bake 2-3 at a time), but I love how the tester cookies turned out – light, fluffy, airy. I added pecans and plan on picking up some store cream cheese frosting. Definitely going to try with other mixins too!

    1. So happy to hear, Sarah!! It’s such a fun way to use up bananas that are super ripe….my girls especially love them! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Super easy and ohhh so yummy!!